Every year, more than $100,000 is given away through ALSC's professional awards, grants, and scholarships. Please click on the individual award or grant for application information. For information about scholarships please click here.
A list of the 2019 Professional Award winners is now available. Congratulations to all of our winners!
(May Hill) Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award
The Arbuthnot award honors an author, critic, librarian, historian, or teacher of children's literature, of any country, who then presents a lecture at a winning host site.
This fellowship provides a $4,000 stipend to allow a qualified children’s librarian to spend a month or more reading at the University of Florida’s Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature, which contains a special collection of 85,000 volumes of children’s literature published mostly before 1950.
The application process is currently closed. Recipients of the Bechtel Fellowship will be announced in late December 2019.
This award provides a $600 stipend, provided by Penguin Young Readers Group, for up to four winners to attend their first ALA Annual Conference. Applicants must have fewer than 10 years of experience as a children’s librarian and work directly with children.
The application process is currently closed. Winners of the Penguin Random House Group Award will be announced in late November 2019.
This $3,000 grant provides financial assistance to a public library for developing an outstanding summer reading program for children.
The application process is currently closed. Recipients of the Baker & Taylor Grant will be announced in late December 2019.
This $4,000 award was established with funding from Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, in honor of Maureen Hayes, to bring together children and nationally recognized authors/illustrators by funding an author/illustrator visit to a school or public library that has not before had the opportunity to host one.
The application process is currently closed. Recipients of the Maureen Hayes Award will be announced in late December 2019.
This award honors an individual member who has made significant contributions to and an impact on, library services to children and ALSC. The recipient receives $2,000 and an engraved pin at the ALSC Membership Meeting during the ALA Annual Conference.
The application process is now open. Recipients of the Distinguished Service Award will be announced at the 2020 midwinter meeting in Philadelphia.
This $3,000 grant is sponsored by Candlewick Press in honor of author Kate DiCamillo and the themes represented in her books. The grant will be awarded to a library with exceptional outreach to underserved populations in efforts to help them continue their service.
The application process is currently closed. Recipients of the Light the Way Grant will be announced in early February 2020.
Each year the ALSC office receives almost 3,000 newly published books, videos, audiobooks and recordings from children’s trade publishers for award and notables consideration. At the end of the year, after the awards have been given out, ALSC selects three libraries to receive a Bookapalooza collection of these materials (estimated to be worth $10,000 each) to be used in a way that creatively enhances their library service to children and families.
The application process is currently closed. Applications will reopen December 2019.